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Friday, June 9, 2017

The Andean Wall

The Andean Wall

President Trump has proposed to build a wall between Mexico and the US, but Ecuador is already constructing one along its 930-mile long border with Peru.
That’s even though Peru this week asked Ecuador to stop construction and to get together to talk things through, Newsweek reported.
Peru claims the wall would cause merchants to lose trade opportunities and could disrupt the water flow in a canal that separates the two countries, raising flood risks for Peruvian cities.
The border between the Andean countries has long been a source of friction, which erupted into a military confrontation in 1995 that lasted three years. Peru claims the wall violates the terms of the agreement ending that dispute, in which the two countries agreed to do no building within 10 meters on either side of the canal.
However, local Ecuadorian Manuel Zumba told Agence France Presse that the barrier is necessary to stop smuggling: He said it won’t hinder movement of people, calling it a project to regenerate the area, reviving trade and tourism.
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